Congressman Fred Upton visited KPL last week. He presented a book for our collection on Africans Americans in Congress and we told him about some of our services. I stressed the ongoing theme: library business is up in tough economic times when library funding is down.
Our first stop was the Ready to Read office, our early childhood literacy program. Rep Upton has read to children at previous events; we could quickly review it and thank him for his support.
Next we walked through our public computer area; almost all were in use. He chatted with a patron and invited him to keep in touch via Facebook.
We showed him our ONE place @ kpl, our new nonprofit management support center to be launched in March. He understood the challenges facing many nonprofits and was pleased about the financial support from local foundations to fund this center at KPL.
As we walked to the computer lab, we told him about our job skills classes. A class was in session. He told the students about his support for libraries and technology; they then shared their appreciation for our free classes, the helpful learning environment, and the variety of job skills classes. One student described how the classes have helped her start a small business.
We ended with a quick walk through of our children’s room and he spoke briefly with a young girl about her reading. She wasn’t too interested in talking, but she sure hung on to her library books! She may not have wanted to talk, but she sure wanted those books!
The visit was short, about half an hour. We welcomed the chance to highlight some services and invited him to return anytime.
Of course I hope you will visit soon too. Consider this your invitation!
Congressman Fred Upton